Quaint and Cozy: Houses in New England

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Quaint and Cozy: Houses in New England


Quick, what do all these things have in common: Pilgrims, Education, Lobster, and non-rhotic speech?  Why, New England, of course.

 New England MapNot only did the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock in our fair region but also American colleges, American public education, today’s sunrise, the American Industrial Revolution, Basketball, and the Revolutionary War all began in New England (just to name a few).  We have half the Ivy League schools, have voted liberal in both State and Federal elections more than any other region, are statistically the least overweight region, and the only one to have Independent Senators (in fact, we have two).  All this in an area just a little bigger than the state of Washington.

    With all those firsts it isn’t surprising that one of America’s first (and still most recognizable) house style is from New England: The Cape Cod.  The house’s design actually comes directly from Pilgrims’ housing way back in the early 1600’s and most of the typical Cape features can trace their roots back to good ol’ Pilgrim logic. Cape Cod House

    For instance, the high pitched roof is to keep snow from gathering, the traditionally low ceilings were to maintain heat more efficiently, their distinctive shutters were to keep out the cold and storms, the wainscoting was to prevent moisture build-up and provide more insulation, and most Capes face South to make the best use of sunlight— you might say that the Pilgrims were America’s first green architects!


    Though Capes are typically smaller than other styles of houses they are designed to feel large and follow a consistent pattern.  There are three main types of Capes: half, three-quarter, and full; these names refer to the second story of the building which usually has a loft has a ½, ¾, or a full ceiling.   Half Capes have the door off-center whereas three-quarter and full Capes have a centered front door with two and four windows on either side respectively.  Also, three-quarter and full Capes tend to have windows on the sides of the house whereas half Capes do not.  The first floor is the living space and commonly has the master bed; the second floor contains the children’s room or a second bedroom.

    Cape Cod houses are still a mainstay of New England and can be commonly found throughout the region.  The first half of the 20th century saw a revival in the Cape style and subsequently houses throughout the nation have been built in the Cape Cod fashion but there is no substitute for the original New England Capes as they exude personality and charm; they are truly the quintessential New England home. House for Sale in Durham, Maine


    If you are looking for one of these ideal houses in their native region, look no further than our Cape Cod house for sale in Durham, Maine complete with it’s own well-preserved barn!  And whatever the style, if you’re looking for homes for sale in Central Maine, look no further than the Tanya Busch Team.

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Christine Smith
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Great article about the Cape Cod houses!  Some of this I knew (being from New  England) but some of it I didn't!  There are many Capes around this area and many of them are very charming.

Dec 09, 2010 01:08 PM #1
Tanya Busch
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Thanks Christine, we New Englanders (I would use Yankees but a certain baseball team has stolen that word from us:) do have some of the most charming houses and settings in the nation!

Dec 09, 2010 01:32 PM #2
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